Ensworth traveled to Chattanooga to play McCallie in the quarterfinals of the TSSAA playoffs. McCallie was up 14-7 at the half. The Blue Tornado got on the board first during the third quarter with a TD, but missed the PAT, to extend their lead to 20-7. The Tigers answered quickly with a 99 yard kick off return for a TD by junior Keshawn Lawrence to make it 20-14. McCallie scored for the final time with 8:17 left in the fourth to go up 27-14, which was the final score. Sophomore Andre Turrentine had 9.5 tackles and senior Elijah Brooks had 8.5 tackles. The Tigers finished the 2018 season 7-5.
Ensworth hosted Father Ryan in the first round of the playoffs. Father Ryan was up 7-0 at the half. The Tigers tied the game at 7 with 40 seconds left in the 3rd quarter. Father Ryan answered with a TD, but missed the PAT to take a 13-7 lead with 8:48 to play. Ensworth scored the go ahead TD with 3:23 to play and held on to get the W. Junior Keshawn Lawrence had 23 carries for 158 yards and a TD. Ensworth travels to McCallie next week to play in the Quarterfinals. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00PM EST.
Jeremy Garrett was named the second Head Football Coach inEnsworthhistory this past spring, proceeding Ricky Bowers. After 14 very successful years, Coach Bowers, who will remain the Athletic Director, tapped Coach Garrett to be the new Head Football Coach.“This is the perfect time for me to hand off the leadership of the football program, and Jeremy Garrett is the best person for the job,” Bowers said in the press release. “His love of our students, remarkable humility, rock-solid integrity, tireless work ethic, and unique ability to build unity attract everyone to him. I am confident that our football program will thrive under his leadership.” Coach Garrett will also continue in his role asEnsworth’sAssociate Director of Admissions. For the past seven years atEnsworth, Garrett has served as Fitness Department Chair, AssistantDefensive Football Coach, and Assistant Track Coach. Before arriving atEnsworth, Garrett served as Assistant Football Coach, Head Track and Field Coach, and Strength and Conditioning Coach at Southaven High School in Southaven, MS. Garrett was a scholarship player at The University of Mississippi, where he was a four-year letterman in football while earning awards for All-SEC Academic Team, Ole Miss Lifter of the Year, and the Chucky Mullins Courage Award. He earned a B.B.A. from The University of Mississippi and an M.B.A. from Harding University. Jeremy and his wife,Kasharah,have two children, Jayden and Jacob.
Chris Bradley isenteringhis 10th year atEnsworthHigh School where he serves as Assistant Athletic Director. A Nashville native, Chris is entering his 22nd year in private education where he has served as a teacher/coach. He attended Middle Tennessee State Universityandreceived a B.S. in Political Science and holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from Tennessee State University. He and his wife Ashley have two children, Maddie and Drew.
Nate Copeland enters his second year atEnsworthas a fitness instructor and an assistant football and baseball coach. He earned his B.A. in Kinesiology from Faulkner University in 2012. Prior to joiningEnsworth, Copeland served as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach and Defensive Backs coach atCreekwoodHighSchool in Dickson, Tennessee. A linebacker and specialteamsplayer at Faulkner University, Copeland was anAll-Mid-South Conference Linebacker and an honorable mention All-American. From 2012-13, he was a linebacker for the Kiel Baltic Hurricane in NFL Europe and from 2013-14, he playedfor the Orebro BlackKnights. After leaving NFL Europe in 2014, he was a linebacker in the AFL for two years for the Bloomington edge and the LA Kiss.
Steve Hagen joins Ensworth this year as the Assistant Football Coach/Offensive Coordinator for the Varsity Football team and as an Athletic Administrator. Steve grew up in Southern California and became interested in coaching while serving as a ball boy for the Dallas Cowboys. Coach Hagen has been a teacher of football for the past thirty-three years, having coached in Division I football for 22 years at Fresno, Nevada, UC Berkeley, UNC and Notre Dame and in the NFL for the past 11 years as the Tight Ends coach for the Cleveland Browns and the Tight Ends/Special Teams Coach for the New York Jets. Hagen has written four books based on his coaching experiences: Coach 'Em Up, Lessons from the Locker Room, Leaders Lift, and Another Rep. Since 2016 he has served as the Director of Coaches and Ministry in the Greater Nashville area for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Steve and his wife Amy have been married for 26 years and have four children, Nash, Hanna, Wil and Soren.
JasonHiettis beginning his tenth year atEnsworth(2007-2010and2012-Present) serving as Director of Technology and Assistant Football Coach working with the defensive line. From 2010-12 he was the Director of Technology at University School in Shaker Heights, Ohio. Prior, Jason was Director of Technology and outside linebackers coach at Montgomery Bell Academy from 1997-2007. CoachHiettattended Tennessee Tech University on a football scholarship and graduated in 1993 with a degree in Business Administration. Jason and his wife Joy have two children, Ellis ‘23 and Sumner ‘26.
Nick Johnsonenters histhirdyear atEnsworthas a Fitness Instructorand anAssistant Footballand TrackCoach. He earned a B.A. in Communications from Henderson State University in 2012 and graduated from California University of Pennsylvania in December 2015 with an M.S. in Exercise Science.Prior to joiningEnsworth, Johnson served asthe Head Strength and Conditioning Coachand Wide Receivers Coachat Monte Vista Christian School in Watsonville, CA. He was also the Head JV Coach and Offensive Coordinator.Awide receiver and punt returner for Henderson State University, Johnson was the 2011 GAC leader in punt returns, averaging 14.9 yards. From May 2012-September 2013, he was a wide receiver with the St. Louis Rams where he was the 2013 team leader in preseason touchdowns (2). Nick and his wife,Nataliahave 2boys,NinoandNico.
MikeMarkusonjoinsEnsworththis year as the Offensive Line Coach. A coaching veteran of more than 30 years,Markusonwas an assistant in the SEC for 14 seasons (1998-2011) where he coached eight All-Americans, 15 all-conference honorees and 10 future NFL players. During his tenure in the SEC,Markusonhelped his teams advance to 10 bowl games in addition to the 2002 and 2006 SEC Championship Games.Markuson, a four-time Broyles Award nominee for the nation’s top assistant coach, served as the Offensive Line Coach in 2016-17 with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, a professional football team in the CFL. He was the Offensive Line Coach at Arkansas from 1998-2002. From 2003-07,Markusonwas also named the Run Game Coordinator producing a highly effective running game that featured Felix Jones and two-timeDoakWalker Award winner Darren McFadden. From 2008-11 he was the Offensive Line Coach and Run Game Coordinator at the University of Mississippi.Markusonwas Offensive Coordinator and Offensive Line coach at Northeast Mississippi Community College in 2013, after spending part of the 2012 season as Offensive Line coach at Wisconsin. He was an assistant head coach and offensive line coach at Eastern Illinois in 2014 and spent the 2015 season serving as an offensive line coach with the University of Texas at San Antonio. A three-year football letter winner at Farmington (Minn.) High School,Markusonearned all-conference honors as a senior. He was a four-year starter at defensive tackle at Hamline and a two-time honorable mention All-Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference selection for the Pipers. In 1983Markusonearned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in physical education from South Dakota State in 1986.
Gerald McRath enters his second year coaching inside linebackers on the Ensworth football staff. He played linebacker from 2009-12 for the Tennessee Titans recording 120 tackles for his career. A native of Powder Springs, Georgia, McRath had a stellar college career at the University of Southern Mississippi where he was twice named to the Conference USA first team and was the CUSA Defensive Player-of-the-Year in 2007. Following his playing career, McRath returned to his alma mater as a defensive quality control assistant coach. He was a graduate assistant at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the spring of 2015 before joining the Berry College football staff for the 2015 season. In 2016 McRath was an Assistant Varsity Football Coach at Hillsboro High School. He and his wife Genee and daughter Cademorgan are excited to welcome a new addition to their family in early October.
KylePagachis serving his fifth season as the kicking/punting coach for theEnsworthvarsity football team. A 1984 State Championship kicker for top-rated J.P. Stevens High School in New Jersey, he attended Rutgers University as a preferred walk-on during the Dick Anderson regime, where he competed for a backup role as a Freshman and eventually landed a spot kicking for Rutgers in the Sprint Football League. Kyle trained annually with Professional Kicking Services under the likes of RayPelfeyand NFL Hall of Fame Kicker Nick Lowry. He has coached youth baseball and soccer the past eleven years in both Southern California and Middle Tennessee. Kyle was raised by two public school teachers and patterned his coaching foundation after his father KenPagach, a 2012 National Wrestling Hall of Fame inductee. Kyle and his wife Debbie have four sons, Jake (20), Tanner (22), Cody and Luke.
Drew Parker is entering histhirdyear atEnsworthas an Assistant Varsity Football Coach working with therunning backs. Drew played football, basketball and baseball atEnsworthfrom 2007-2011 starting on several championship teams. Drew was a D1 scholarship player for Furman University. He will graduate inDecemberwith a Marketing degree from Lipscomb University.
Derrick Pritchard enters into his second year as theEnsworthAssistant Athletic Director, football Defensive Coordinator and Head Softball Coach. Coach Pritchard spent 2016-17 as the Assistant Athletic Director, football Defensive Coordinator and Baseball Coachat Battle Ground Academy. He alsohad a previous stint atEnsworthfrom 2015-16where heserved as an Assistant Football Coach, working with the linebackers, and Assistant Baseball Coach. From 2011-14, heserved as the Assistant Head Football Coachandthe Defensive and Offensive Coordinator at Chester County High School in Henderson, Tennessee.From 2008-10, Derrick served as the Assistant Head Football Coach, as well as the Offensive and Defensive Coordinator at Trinity Christian Academy in Jackson, Tennessee. He was also the Pitchers and Catchers Coach for Trinity's baseball team. In 2006-07Derrickserved as the defensive backs and quarterbacks coach and assistant Baseball Coach at Union City High School. Derrick was a scholarship player atLambuthUniversity where he graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Education. Derrick and his wife, Katie, have two daughters, Brinley Kate (3) and Blakely Kay (1).
Walter Schultz is in his 13th year at Ensworth as a math teacher and assistant football and baseball coach. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science and Mathematics from Vanderbilt University and an MBA in Marketing and Operations Management from Vanderbilt’s Owen School of Management. He also holds a master's degree in Education from Cumberland University.
Coach Schultz has almost 50 years of playing and coaching experience at both collegiate and professional levels. His coaching experience at Ensworth has included that of pitchers and first basemen. He currently coaches outfielders. He was also recently inducted into the St. Edward's Athletics Hall of Fame in Vero Beach, Florida and still holds several Florida state records in baseball and basketball.
Walter and his wife, Nancy, have had two Ensworth students. Chandler (’17) is currently a pitcher at Belmont University and Garrett (’19) is a senior who will play outfield at Xavier University.
Jason Spray joinsEnsworththis year as the Strength and Conditioning Coach. He started as a graduate assistant at MTSU in 2002 and worked his way up to Head Football Strength Coach from 2012-2018.Jasonwas voted the NCSA Assistant Strength Coach of the Year in 2011. He is a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association. He is certified as a strength and conditioning specialist by the NSCA and the CSCCA, and is certified by the National Association of Speed and Explosion. Spray is also certified by USA Weightlifting as a club performance coach and is certified as a sports nutritionist through the International Fitness Professional Association. The Murfreesboro native graduated from Oakland High School and earned his Bachelor of Science in 2002 and his master of science in 2005 from Middle Tennessee State University. Spray was a three-year starter for the Blue Raider football team and named the 2000 Lifter of the Year by his teammates. He played on the first Division I-A football team at Middle Tennessee in 1999 and was the starting fullback and co-captain in 2001, when the Blue Raiders posted an 8-3 record and tied for the Sun Belt Conference championship – also a first in the Division I-A era. Jason and his wifeKarissehave two sons, Jason, Jr. and Jaxon.
Teddy Thompson enters his second year at Ensworth as a Fitness Instructor, assistant strength & conditioning coach, and assistant wrestling coach. Before joining Ensworth, Teddy worked as a graduate assistant in strength and conditioning at Cumberland University. While at Cumberland, Teddy designed and implemented in-season and off-season training programs for all teams. Teddy also worked at Vanderbilt University during the 2013-2015 school years. Teddy earned a bachelor's degree in Exercise Science from MTSU, a Master’s in Sport's Management from Cumberland University, and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS).
A longtime fixture on the sidelines, ReedTrickettreturns toEnsworththis year as an AssistantVarsityFootball Coach working with the freshman receivers. He is a former board member and parent to Class of 2010 graduate, Allison. Reed and his wife Rosie are the proud grandparents of Harvey,EnsworthClass of 2032and Rosie,EnsworthClass of 2035.